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Got research? NIST could show you the money.

NIST has opened its research funding programs for fiscal 2012, with the IT Lab among nine grant programs that are accepting applications.

2012: 5 reasons it's not the end of the world (and 5 reasons to worry)

The Maya didn't predict the end of the world, just the end of a calendar. And new technologies even give us reason to look forward to 2012.

Guide to better security for mobile access to networks

NIST’s new electronic authentication guidelines reflect the growing use of remote devices to access government systems, and could help expand use of PIV cards.

5 mobile products that are great for government

The GCN Lab reviews five of the latest smart-phone and tablet products that would be a good fit for government workers at the office, home and in-between.

At Los Alamos Lab, mobile security gets picky

The Los Alamos National Lab takes a 'pick-and-choose' approach to securing mobile networks for its large, diverse user base.

Nokia Windows smart phones to debut in US

Nokia and partner T-mobile are banking on the 150 million people in the United States who haven't upgraded their cell phones as they gear up to release the first Nokia smart phone in the nation Jan. 11.

Expanded Internet domains: Boon or bane?

Opponents tell a House panel that expanding generic Top Level Domains threatens intellectual property and trademarks; supporters say it will increase competition, improve service and create jobs.

iPads coming soon to a cockpit near you

American Airlines has won approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for its pilots to use iPads in the cockpit beginning Dec. 16.

Can cell phones prevent distracted driving?

The NTSB, which wants states to ban all use of electronic devices by motorists, is asking cell phone-makers to help by installing blocking features.

Motorola unveils hardware-based security for mobile devices

Motorola is deploying a hardware-based security system for mobile devices that is intended to meet the needs of the secure government market.

Legislative alert app highlights hackathon

An app that would send out real-time alerts when a topic will be debated or voted on at a public meeting was a highlight of the CityCampSF Hackathon.

First test finds glitches in Emergency Alert System

Coverage of the Emergency Alert System, built on legacy broadcast radio technology, is incomplete and not completely reliable; FCC and FEMA are updating it with an Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

Government IT trends for 2012

IDC analysts predict 2012 will see a greater focus on mobility and social media use in federal agencies.

Hacks of municipal water, power services prompts DHS warning

Hackers can use free search tools to find Internet-facing utility systems that operators might not even know are accessible online, ICS-CERT says. The FBI says power and water systems in three cities have been hit.

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